Jennifer Rockwood (Director) Jennifer Rockwood is
the director of The University of Toledo’s First Year Experience Program in the
UT Learning Collaborative. This program oversees initiatives to help first year
students make the transition to college academically and socially both in and
outside the classroom. Jennifer oversees the new Beginning the Academic Journey
classes across 6 colleges with 170 sections each fall. She has done numerous
papers and presentations on millennial student engagement and first-year
students at national conferences. She also films a monthly video newsletter to
students and families of current students . She also maintains a social
networking site for new students and writes a blog on the First Year of College.
Kate Abu-Absi (Angela) is so happy to be back on the Village Player’s stage. Murder Among Friends has been a wonderful experience through out, but the best part has been once again working with two of my favorite Jennifer’s. Ladies, it’s been too long...
|James M. Norman (Palmer) most recently directed the smash hit The Full Monty at The Toledo Rep for the third time in two years. He vocal directed the University of Toledo’s Bat Boy and has also directed for Toledo Opera, Central Catholic, Ottawa Hills and Springfield high schools, and performed with The Rep (Pass the Butler - Butler, The Importance of Being Earnest - Algernon, Sweeney Todd - Anthony), Oregon Community Theater (The Music Man - Harold Hill), Ohio Northern University (The Mikado - Nanki Poo), Ms. Rose’s Dinner Theater (Moon Over Buffalo - Richard) and the Toledo Opera. He has sung over 50 operas and musicals ranging from Aida to Sweeney Todd to The Music Man and once sang back up for Barry Manilow. Mr. Norman makes his Village Players debut with Murder Among Friends.|
|Bill Lancz (Ted) studied theatre and english at the University of Toledo. He has performed locally at the Toledo Rep, Valentine Theatre, Croswell Opera House and UT. He last appeared on The Village Players’ stage in 2004’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. His play The Jewelry Store was produced as part of UT’s ‘05-’06 season, and two additional plays have premiered as part of the Village’s summer staged readings program.|
|Jennifer Lake (Gert) is very short, very funny, and puts
everything off to the last minute, so her husband is writing this bio. Living
with Jennifer is like sharing a tree house with a manic hobbit on crack. One
never knows with whom you’ll wake up or go to bed, and the wind is always
In truth, Jennifer has an extensive résumé which includes a children’s tour of Beauty and the Beast, wherein the company covered 46 states in 6 months, received an ‘endangering wildlife’ ticket for speeding in Montana, and lost 50% of their costumes, set, and personal effects off the back of the truck in Arkansas.
She and her (brilliant, handsome, charming, and humble) husband spent the first two years of their life together performing at a dinner theater in Florida for audiences half in the bag and mostly dead. There Jennifer danced ‘Louise’ 48 times in Carousel, forgot the lyrics to her only song in Man of La Mancha, and took an additional 48 inexplicable turns as the first Hungarian Puerto Rican amidst a chorus of equally pasty mid-western ‘Shark’ girls subsisting on jello salad and one free drink a night.
Her most memorable credits include summer productions as Martha Jefferson in 1776, and Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar (which are really the same role, if you think about it). Local credits include Fiona in Brigadoon, and Vera in Ten little Indians at the Croswell Opera House. Neither one of them - as it turns out - were operas. She also played Bianca in some play by Shakespeare at the University of Toledo, and the chick with that really fast song in A Little Night Music.
Believe it or not, Jennifer’s insatiable talent for mischief took her away from the glamour of the road for the suburban housewife and working mother deal. She is ‘Mommy’ to an equally dramatic and beautiful daughter, and spends her waning twilight years masquerading as a successful independent insurance agent. Her return to the Toledo stage should be blamed on her enduring university friendships with Kate Abu-Absi and Jennifer Rockwood. Jennifer is quite seriously thrilled to be among such accomplished ladies again; all fiercely talented and passionate, a little wiser - and above all - much older than they were twenty years ago.
|John Meadows (Larry/Jessup) is returning to the stage after taking a considerable amount of time off from stage acting. He has starred in numerous independent feature films such as Toledo Conspiracy and Last Call. John obtained his B.A in Acting and Spanish from Ohio University and the University of Toledo and his M.Ed from the University of Toledo. Currently, he teaches high school and college Spanish. John would like to thank each and everyone of you for coming to see the show. Please form a line outside of his dressing room after the final curtain.|
|Matt Black (Marshall) This is Matt’s 4th show at The Village. He previously played the role of Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and Robert in Don’t Dress for Dinner. His most recent production was My Three Angels in 2008. He has starred in numerous other local theatre productions, including Heaven Can Wait, Cats Cradle and Harvey. Matt is the production manager at 13ABC and is allowed to also pursue his creative desires at work. Aside from producing local commercials and long form programming, he has also lent his face and voice to numerous television campaigns. Matt is a Toledo native, born and bred, and is extremely excited to be performing at The Village once again. Matt has been married for 19 years to his lovely wife Becky, and together they have one daughter, Nadine, who is 18 and currently attending Oakland University. He is honored to be a part of The Village Players and hopes to continue to be involved in this wonderful Toledo tradition.|
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